The Peer Mentor Program is great way to give back to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, gain leadership experience, and welcome new scholars to UF. All mentors are assigned approximately six incoming first-year MFOS students to mentor during their first year at UF. Peer mentors are trained and supported during the year but they are also expected to take initiative and meet the needs of their individually assigned six scholars.
The mentor assists scholars in learning more about UF, becoming exposed to new opportunities, reflecting on their progress to date, and setting goals. All first-year MFOS students are required to participate in the mentoring program. As such, mentors are responsible for monitoring the scholars’ involvement and investment in the mentoring program.
The peer mentor position is a rewarding experience. Not only do mentors develop leadership and communication skills, they also make a positive impact in the lives of our first-year MFOS students.